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I can't bear being only your "sister".

Mei Aihara to Yuzu Aihara, in Love forever[1]

Mei Aihara (藍原(あいはら) 芽衣(めい) Aihara Mei?) is the deuteragonist of the manga Citrus. She is the Student Council president and the younger stepsister and wife of Yuzu Aihara.

AppearanceEdit

Mei is a very beautiful light-skinned young girl with straight, silky black hair that goes beyond her shoulders and purple eyes. Whilst in school, she dresses formally in uniform with an additional arm-band on her left arm, which identifies her as a part of the student council. When attending events outside of school, she wears ordinary plain clothes which attract little attention to her. She starts wearing a ring that Yuzu gave her but only outside of school.

PersonalityEdit

On the outside, Mei appears to have a cold and ruthless attitude towards her peers. She's obtained a stern and short-tempered personality from her father's abandonment of her. She is unable to communicate with Yuzu normally and struggles to convey her feelings properly, this results in her often making frequent sexual advances towards Yuzu. Despite her behavior, on the inside, she is sensitive, lonely, and hides a heart that can be easily hurt.


Her usually hard personality contrasts her emotional side, which manifests often. Mei struggles to understand Yuzu's optimistic and impulsive nature, as it harshly mirrors her pessimistic and measured one. As the series progresses, she slowly changes, becoming less-cold to Yuzu, and a bit more caring towards her. She still has a hard time being honest and understanding what she's feeling. She sometimes does childish things[3] [4] and likes teddy bears. She's more confident than Yuzu knowing the fact that not everyone will approve of their relationship.

Anime & Manga DifferencesEdit

Episode 1

  • Mei frisking Yuzu for her phone seemed to be longer in anime than it was in manga.
  • Mei is shown to be in the same class as Yuzu, but in the manga it doesn't show that they are in the same class until out of love.
  • Her kiss with Amamiya didn't look as forced in the anime as it was in the manga.
  • Mei comes home just after Yuzu, while in the anime she comes home after Yuzu and Ume get back from grocery shopping.
  • In the manga, Mei's discussing about life before she moved in with Yuzu and Ume takes place at the mall, but in the anime it take's place at home.
  • The stuffed bear keychain she has originally belonged to Yuzu, but Yuzu later gave it to her in the manga, while in the anime she already has it in her possession, having been given to her by her Father.
  • In the anime, her first kiss with Yuzu is more drawn out and a bit forceful, possibly to show to Yuzu that her kiss with Amemiya was forced.

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

Episode 5

Episode 6

Episode 7

Episode 8

Episode 9

Episode 10

Episode 11

Episode 12

Misc.Edit

TriviaEdit

  • Mei is not very good at sewing.[5]
  • Mei likes teddy bears.
  • Mei's ears are sensitive.
  • In Citrus +5, Yuzu found out that Mei is not ticklish.
  • As shown in Citrus+ 2, Mei has a scar on her right thigh from elementary school.
  • The small stuffed bear keychain given to her by Yuzu is called Anthoniko, while the big one given to her by Shō is called Kumagorō. She also has another yellow bear that Yuzu won for her from an arcade claw game.

EtymologyEdit

  • "Mei" (芽衣(めい)?) is a feminine Japanese name, with multiple meanings depending on the kanji's used. The specific kanji's of her name mean "sprout, garment" or "bright, reliant."
  • "Aihara" (藍原(あいはら)?) means "indigo field."

ReferencesEdit

  1. Citrus Manga: Love forever page 17
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  4. Citrus Manga Chapter 29, page 6-11
  5. Citrus Volume 1 Extras

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